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  • 1400 Independence Ave., SW
  • Washington, D.C. 20250-0003
  • 800-832-1355
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Research Ecologist

James F. Fowler

Volunteer Research Ecologist
2500 South Pine Knoll
United States

Phone: 928-556-2172
Fax: 928-556-2130
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Current Research

My current research projects address population ecology of the single mountain endemic platn species Packera franciscana and Erigeron mancus, and, on a retional scale, examine the climate change effects on timberline elevation and on over one hundred alpine plant species distribution.

Research Interests

My research studies are in plant biogeography and applied ecology, especially plant distribution along altitudinal and latitudinal gradients, alpine plant species distribution in the Southern Rocky Mountains, and ponderosa pine and Engelmann spruce tree spatial patterns.

Past Research

Past research has included studies on post-fire crown damage mortality thresholds in ponderosa pine, post-fire effects on ponderosa pine systems, exotic plant species in Northern Arizona ponderosa pine forests, vegetation ecology of Colorado Plateau hanging gardens, and fish ecology in Ozark freshwater streams.

Why This Research is Important

In the past, plant species have migrated in response to naturally changing conditions. Current global warming due to increased greenhouse gas emissions may also cause plant species to migrate or change population size as current local climatic conditions change. Land managers in the Forest Service need to know whether alpine treelines are moving upslope and which plant species may respond the most strongly to climate change. This research will provide species distribution and abundance data on which to base land management decisions.


  • Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, B.S. Wildlife Conservation and Management 1974
  • Southwest Missouri State University, Springfield, MO, M.S. Aquatic Ecology Thesis - Food habits and biology of stonerollers (Campostoma) in Southwest Missouri. 1983
  • University of Wyoming, Laramie, Ph.D. Ecology Dissertation: Biogeography of hanging gardens on the Colorado Plateau. 1995

Professional Experience

  • Research Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Flagstaff, AZ
    2010 - Current
  • Ecologist, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Flagstaff, AZ
    2002 - 2010
  • Biology Instructor, State Fair Community College, Sedalia, MO
    1985 - 2001

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Research Highlights


Scientists Find 25 Southern Rockies Alpine Plant Species Unique to the Region

Forest Service scientists and their collaborators have identified an extensive list of alpine plants in the Southern Rockies and within this lis ...


Last updated on : 08/19/2019